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Kidney embolisation

If you experience a kidney condition, such as cancer, you may require embolisation. Our renal consultants can treat you

About

Embolisation is a treatment option for patients with kidney cancer. If removing your kidney isn't possible, this is an alternative to surgery. The procedure blocks blood supply to the tumour, causing it to shrink. Your renal consultant will discuss this in detail with you to put your mind at ease.

Need to know

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    Kidney embolisation is normally carried out under local anaesthetic. The procedure may follow this process: - Your consultant surgeon will make a small incision in the groin area and insert a catheter (long, thin tube) into the blood vessel - Using X-ray images, a fluid (blocking agent) will be injected into the blood vessel through the catheter. This fluid blocks the blood supply to the kidney area that is to be embolised (obstructed) - This can take up to three hours. Pain relief medication may be given to you during this time - At the end of the procedure the catheter is removed. Pressure may be applied to the incision area to stop bleeding
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    Your consultant will explain the procedure and answer any questions you might have. You will have blood and urine tests beforehand to ensure you are not at risk during kidney embolisation. You may be advised to follow these steps on the day: - Not to eat anything four hours prior to treatment. You should be able to drink water up to two hours before - Intravenous fluids are passed into your blood stream around two hours before the procedure - If you take aspirin, warfarin or heparin, your consultant will advise you on when to stop taking these. It is normaly stopped or your dose will be adjusted at least 1 week prior to the procedure
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    You will remain in hospital for monitoring after kidney embolisation. Your consultant and nurses may check the following: - Swelling and/or bleeding in the groin area where the catheter was inserted - Blood pressure, circulation, pulse and temperature - If you experience any pain or discomfort - The amount of oxygen in your blood - You may also be given a urinary catheter to drain urine from your bladder. This helps your consultant to ensure blood and urine levels around your kidneys are sufficient When you are ready to go home, your consultant may give you medication to assist your recovery. They will also advise you on follow-up appointments.
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Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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